The Crescent, Parramatta Park

Award2016 AILA NSW Landscape Architecture Award for Civic LandscapeLocation Parramatta Park, Sydney, NSW Client Parramatta Park & Western Sydney Parklands Trusts Year 2010 - 2011 Project Phase Parramatta Park & Western Sydney Parklands Trusts

CONTEXT was commissioned by Parramatta Park & Western Sydney Parklands Trust to prepare the design and construction for an upgrade to the popular outdoor event space, The Crescent.

CONTEXT liaised with the Park’s Heritage Office and produced a design for a new crescent shaped stage area reflective of the natural shape of the landscape. The space is paved in stone with colour gradations to reflect a river bed siltation layers, this being the location of the former ana-branch of the Parramatta River. Areas of gravel and lawn defined by long bands of planting and pavement is drawn from the wheat fields that existed during colonial periods. Vegetation was strategically installed to soften the proposed paved area and to strengthen the existing landscape.

The upgrade to the event space will attract a broader calibre of international artists and promoters and the enlarged stage space makes it a suitable venue for larger scale muscial events, accommodating up to 15,000 people.

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